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Katie, CSI Peterborough (Carnegie Shadowing Investigators)

Release

Set over the period of one day, Adam – the main protagonist – faces many challenging prospects of being a gay teenager in a strict, Christian household; he has to deal with many pieces of surprising and thought-provoking news, which darkens his world and deepens his understanding of the people around him. Meanwhile, ‘the Queen’ is attempting to ‘release.’ This alternate switching between the fascinating plot and mysterious sub-plot was confusing at first and a distraction, however as the book developed (along with the characters) the ‘worlds’ linked and made the read more enthralling. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this novel – even though I am not an avid fan of Patrick Ness – as the main plot was interesting from the prospective of a gay adolescent, in a very prejudiced society. I found the ending of the book satisfying, as the book tied up pleasingly. I can understand why “Release” has been chosen to be 14+, as there are some rather graphic scenes, which require a mature mind. This is a worthy contestant for the Carnegie medal, though I believe it would deserve runner-up – in my opinion – as it is not my favourite out of this year’s shortlist, although it is certainly not the worst!

Posted on: 13th May 2018 at 08:59 pm

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